Day of the Dead

Arlington Cemetery Headstome

It’s Dia de los Muertos, November 2nd So, it’s fitting, somehow, that just last Monday my family was in Washington, D.C., to hold a memorial for my father at Arlington Cemetery. I’m the oldest of five, so I probably have the strongest memories of the actual funeral, back in 1984. I was also the only […]

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When You Were My Age

A Boy and His Toy Gun

This is what I believed: You were on a secret mission for the government. You’d been selected because of your special military skills. You were undercover, top secret, incognito. Every once in a while, I’d see a man who looked a little bit like you. Was it you, so well-disguised? I knew you were watching […]

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Trifecta Writing Challenge: Stone

I missed the deadline on this, but I’m going to write it anyway: 33 serious words, one of which is the word ‘stone.’ Mom placed the stepping stone between two peonies. It didn’t lead anywhere.   Sometimes, I stood on the hexagon of concrete and pebbles. But my father wasn’t there, just the box of his […]

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Pieces of Life

So honored to have a guest post on Black Box Warnings today.

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What would you do if you suddenly won $25,000 dollars? Take a moment. Get a pen and paper. Jot down three things. ************************ ************************

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